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Traditional healers acquire land for medicinal plant cultivation

THE CNMI government has designated an acre of land at the Kagman agricultural station for the cultivation of medicinal plants, agriculturist Isidoro Cabrera said.

“It is ready for us,” he said, adding that their group, Inetnon Amot Natibu, of which he is the president, hopes that the Division of Agriculture will help them maintain the property.

Isidoro Cabrera

He said their members on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota continue to propagate traditional medicine while collaborating and exchanging ideas with Guam’s traditional healers.

He observed that some medicinal plants that can no longer be found on Saipan still grow on Rota.

“We need to preserve our medicinal plants and now we have a special location that will be available to traditional healers,” Cabrera added.

He said many local residents still prefer traditional medicines, which they consider more effective than modern ones.

Cabrera said their group also plans to open a center where people can go for checkups and treatment — for free.